01.23.14 Your Morning Buzz

Justin Bieber Arrested for Drag Racing

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TRANSACTION WIRE

Public invited to take part in Lebanon city manager search

Council Picks Oregon Man as New City Administrator

Jefferson City names new city administrator

MLT City Manager candidates now down to three, and you can meet them Friday

Stockton Council mum on city manager

Marathon city manager likely not feeling the love as he heads out for new job

Ridgefield sorting through city manager applications

Jim Westmoreland Named Greensboro’s New City Manager

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‘The guerrilla’: McConnell’s long-shot challenger – For Matt Bevin, the rookie Senate candidate taking on one of the most powerful Republicans in the country — and possibly the most ruthless — every day on the stump brings a new hazing.

Pension Reforms Push Employees Out the Door in Some States – An analysis of retirement data finds that pension reforms contributed to significantly more workers filing retirement paperwork in at least six states.

Super Bowl’s Host Town Feels Like It’s Riding the Bench – East Rutherford’s Mayor Takes It Upon Himself to Put Up Sign Reading: ‘Home of the Super Bowl’

When Political Spouse Helps Cause a Downfall – In most tales of political careers destroyed by personal weaknesses, it is the officeholder’s spouse who winds up humiliated. But there is another drama that plays out, too.

In New Jersey, Claims Elevate Mayor’s Profile – Dawn Zimmer, the Hoboken mayor who accused aides to Gov. Chris Christie of making political threats, drifted into politics without a plan only to be vaulted to national attention.

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BeqphYKCAAAhRZeFor Bus Riders, Real-Time Arrival Data Is More Important Than Better Service – With no information, transit users feel like they’re waiting about 50 percent longer than they actually are.

Why Old Post Offices Still Matter – These iconic buildings are great for a city’s character and downtown vitality. But they’re quickly disappearing.

With ‘Virginia Way,’ State Thought It Didn’t Need Rules – No Virginia laws bar elected officials from taking gifts, nor are there restrictions on what gifts family members of officeholders can take.

Virginia Won’t Defend Gay Marriage Ban – The new attorney general, Mark Herring, has concluded that the ban is unconstitutional, his office said on Thursday.

ELECTEDS

downloadIn memoir, GOP congressman says wives should ‘voluntarily submit’ – Rep. Steve Pearce emphasizes, however, that submission doesn’t mean inferiority, just different roles.

Loan for bullet train part of Brown’s budget proposal – California would lend $29 million to the High-Speed Rail Authority. Financing proposals for the project have raised concerns from lawmakers.

Here’s How Big Tech Is Spending Millions in Washington – New filings show Facebook nearly doubled its lobbying expenses to $6.4 million last year. As other tech companies follow suit, here’s what you should watch.

PORTLANDIA

justin-bieber-arrested-for-graffiti-brazil__oPtBig crowd shows up to debate redevelopment plan for downtown Lake Oswego’s Wizer block – The city’s Development Review Commission listened to hours of testimonies and presentations on a Portland-based developer’s plan to construct three buildings at the longtime home of Wizer’s Oswego Foods, located on the corner of A Avenue and First Street.

Busting the Boundary – Lawmakers look at the unprecedented step of voting on local land-use decisions.

Razed & Confused – The city poured $96 million into reviving Lents. Where’s the rebirth of this East Portland neighborhood?

Southwest neighbors stung by infill plan – Residents of Gunther Acres lean toward legal action on lots It’s a common tale: A citizen hears that changes have been proposed for his neighborhood

Walmart to go to city for approval for extra building – Small change in store design sends issue to Planning Commission

CASCADIA

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What Happened to Seattle’s Gigabit Network? The city’s failed gigabit project raised a lot of questions, and as a new mayor takes over, many wonder what will happen next.

Bend police chief fired; city manager tells why – Bend City Manager Eric King on Wednesday fired Police Chief Jeff Sale in the wake of an explosive sex scandal in which the department’s spokesman resigned after having sex or sexual contact with three city employees, on and off duty, and a member of the media.

Discover Pass called success, but Republicans disagree – Washington’s pay-to-play system for its state recreation lands is working, officials say. But Republican budget writers don’t see a future in charging visitors the $30-a-year parking fee.

Clark County commissioners study zoning in rural areas – A Wednesday discussion on allowing smaller minimum lot sizes in certain agricultural and forest zones included a lesson on property taxes for Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore

PURE MIDWEST: Twitter and Column

justin-bieber-dont-smile-at-me-like-that-funny1Garden Theater revival in Midtown helps bring back neighborhood – Many say Stewart’s journey shows how tough it is to save just one Detroit block, even when that block is in an area already on the rebound.

Political insider: Cushingberry inspires jokes in Lansing – Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr.’s run-in with Detroit police officers, which resulted in a citation

St. Louis alderman to Zoo-Museum board: You must evolve – The Zoo-Museum District board, which oversees $70 million a year in tax money, should “reinvent itself,” and become a watchdog for admission costs, attendance, board ethics and executive compensation, according to a city alderman.

28 Problems Only Chicago Drivers Will Understand – The L is starting to look really, really good

Michigan governor offers pension aid to Detroit, with conditions – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending that the state Legislature approve up to $350 million to help fund pensions in Detroit

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST: Column

Beq0rw2CUAAq2yAFor Dallas, other big cities, it’s b’bye recession hangover, hello growth – Nearly all U.S. metropolitan areas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, are forecast to see economic growth this year.

Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico – A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

Honoring tradition, Grapevine firefighters push new truck into service – The Grapevine Fire Department on Wednesday introduced the newest member of its fleet — a million-dollar-plus aerial platform truck — by going old school with a “push-in” ceremony and first “bath.”

Board member’s dispute with water district over public records kicked up a notch – The Tarrant Regional Water District is facing a court challenge from one of its own board members, who has repeatedly requested agency documents.

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Productivity Hacks: When You Wake Up, Think – Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

From Lobbyist to Unlobbyist – In the name of full transparency, I’ve been a federal and state lobbyist. Now I’m apparently an unlobbyist.

Love and Work on a Strict Timetable – It seems like a young couple’s path can require a business plan—and many couples are embracing that.

In study, a surprising take on status of American Dream – Children in America today are just as likely — no more, no less — to climb the economic ladder as children born more than a half-century ago, researchers find.

SOCIAL MEDIA: FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterest, and Twitter

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The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe – In scientific research on what makes articles go viral, amusing stories were shared more frequently than less amusing ones.

Rural Canadian Town Offers ‘Google-Fast’ Broadband Service – Government partnership group O-NET in the small town of Olds is offering Internet download speeds of one gig per second with the goal of servicing all of the town’s 8,500 residents in 2014.

Why Hilarious Dads Rule on Vine – They’re not just regular dads; they’re cool dads. Vine, the popular video-sharing app, has spawned a new kind of star: the comedian father. They’re not wearing Hawaiian shirts and spewing corny jokes — they’re crafting full-on comedy sketches in a matter of six seconds, collaborating with their cute kids.

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